What has Barefoot Science proven it can do for you?
Barefoot Science has studied the foot for the past two decades – from pain reduction studies to measurement of the actual changes in the foot that come from wearing Barefoot Science insoles. Through our laboratory work, we have measured the effects that our insoles have on wearers using all manner of observation – from foot pressure measurement devices to gait analysis to pain reduction surveys.
Why have we focused so much on the science behind foot care?
Most of what we currently know about foot care comes from science that is over 100 years old. Some of the original patents for the arch support devices that you currently purchase at your local drug store were filed at the turn of the 20th century! This science has not been re-examined since – in a study of articles in the Journal of American Podiatric Medical Association found that only 1% actually referenced scientific, evidence-based information – very few scientists are actually testing new theories on foot care. To fill this scientific void,Barefoot Science set out to test old theories and find out what can be done to permanently solve the foot pain problem. Here are some of the things we know you can expect from the Barefoot Science insole system, proven in our labs, repeatedly.
Reduces your foot pain quickly
In a study conducted in a clinical environment, over 96% of the participating ER Doctors and Nurses reported pain reduction in at least one of eight body parts studied. Participants’ fatigue scores fell over 20% while overall pain reductions scores plummeted over 80% during the four-week study. This dramatic reduction in pain and fatigue comes by way of the strengthening of the foot that begins to happen within the first few hundred steps while wearing Barefoot Science insoles. With less wasted energy in the foot comes less fatigue, less pain, and more overall energy.
Adds height to your arches
In a study by Scholl plc and University of Huddersfield in the UK, the Barefoot Science insole system was shown to reliably reduce the length and width of the foot’s main measurements by up to 4% after eight weeks of use. An increased arch height results in more even force distribution across the joints of the foot and decreased tension on the foot’s tissues. With an increased arch and an average of 36% less skin on the ground flat feet are virtually eliminated. Along with higher arches comes an increase in stability and reduced pain.
Improves your balance immediately
Barefoot Science studied subjects walking patterns while using ordinary walking shoes, as well as shoes with Barefoot Science insoles. Using an in-shoe plantar pressure and force measurement system, we measured instant improvements in balance, stability, and side-to-side movement of up to 50% while walking with Barefoot Science insoles. In standing tests, subjects with Barefoot Science insoles were observed to have 50% better alignment than those with regular insoles.
What Causes Foot Pain?
How do Barefoot Science insoles fix feet and eliminate foot, back, and body pain?
Let’s start with understanding foot pain…
Is foot pain caused by overuse? Nope
My shoes protect my feet from injury while I’m in motion. Not exactly
By cushioning and stabilizing my painful feet, I can eliminate my pain. WRONG
Almost every step we walk in today’s world is taken wearing some kind of footwear. We begin to wear shoes before we can even walk. But walking is the best means we have to exercise the 20 muscles in each of our feet. Because we wear footwear of some sort as a matter of course in the modern world, we take almost all of our foot exercising opportunities – each of the thousands of steps we take each day – with our foot muscles immobilized, unable to properly flex.
And the more steps you take, the more your foot muscles fall into disuse and ultimately weaken. When your foot muscles and ligaments fall out of alignment, a chain reaction of misalignment is set off right up your legs and spinal cord. This is why we find so many people who spend time on their feet at work – nurses, office workers, construction workers – and other active “steppers” – joggers, cyclists, golfers – complaining about pain in their feet, knees, hips, and back. Over time, denying your feet the benefits of walking barefoot by wearing shoes can compound into an alignment problem that may not only be responsible for your sore feet, but also your chronic lower back pain. In fact, an estimated eight out of ten people in the U.S. have gait problems that cause sore feet, aching backs and hips, and pains in the leg and neck.
So, if you’ve been wearing orthotics for all these years, why aren’t you better?
For many people, foot pain becomes a chronic problem. People for whom being on their feet is a job requirement have no choice but to search for a solution. And for over 100 years, the standard medical approach to treating foot pain has been to custom brace the foot with an orthotic.An orthotic is defined as a brace for a dysfunctional joint or muscle. But based on what we already know about foot muscle weakness leading to misalignment and ultimately causing foot pain, the concept of bracing the foot just keeps the same weak foot muscles in a constant state of weakness – without any hope of improvement. Once you put an orthotic in your shoe and permanently brace it, you will never rehabilitate it because your foot muscles will have even less opportunity for exercise than before. So in many ways, the modern approach to foot pain – the orthotic – starts a vicious cycle of muscle weakness and ongoing pain.
What do our feet want?
Our feet want to be bare. Our foot muscles need to experience a range of motion not possible while walking wearing shoes. The soles of our feet need to experience physical stimulation to send signals through the nerve endings and muscles of the foot.
- We want to feel the earth – we don’t want sensory insulation
- We want as much freedom or range of motion as we can get for our foot
- We certainly do not want to brace, cushion or support our feet
To achieve the barefoot effect for your feet in our “shoes required” world, you need Barefoot Science.
How our insoles rid you of your pain
Barefoot Science is a foot strengthening system. Similar to walking in sand, our insoles cause the 20 muscles in each of your feet to fire in a way that makes them stronger. As with any muscle, the more they are exercised, the stronger they get. Why do you need strong feet? Because your feet are your foundation and strong, aligned feet are pain-free feet! Not only will your feet benefit, but the rest of your body, including your heels, knees, shoulders, and back will be aligned and pain free as well. Barefoot Science’s insoles correct the cause of your pain versus just accommodating it as do other insoles and orthotics.
“How does the multi-level strengthening system work?”
Wearers simply switch out the patented foot-stimulating tab that fits neatly into the arch of the insole until they progress from stage 1 through 5 (or 7 with our special therapeutic model). How do you know when to move up a level? Your foot will tell you! When the muscles in your foot have gotten strong enough for the next level, you will notice that you can’t feel the insole in your shoe anymore and that’s the signal that it’s time to move up. How long does it take? We usually recommend about one week between levels.
Proven effective rehabilitation for foot, leg, knee, hip, back, and shoulder pain
|Pain reduction at 5 weeks of using Barefoot Science
|Part of body
||% of pain reduction
||% of subjects having pain reduction
||- 33.00 %
||- 75.00 %
||- 30.03 %
||- 47.80 %
|3. Lower legs
||- 30.07 %
||- 56.60 %
||- 42.90 %
||- 58.30 %
||- 19.00 %
||- 43.50 %
|6. Lower back
||- 34.00 %
|7. Upper back
||- 21.90 %
||- 38.90 %
96% reduction in pain.Overall pain reduction score for all 8 body parts was 83.4% Overall reduction in fatigue 22.7% 87.5%of users reported that Barefoot Science is a "good or great" product